Pastor Dave Martin, Cross Creek Community Church, Feb 3, 2019

“Real Life Adventures – Daniel”

 

Romans 15:4  For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

 

Background… Captivity

Daniel 1:1-4 1  In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2  And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. 3  Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility– 4  young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.

  • Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar…
  • Daniel & his three friends…

Pronounced Dreams…

Prophesied Future…

Politically Promoted…

Prospered Spiritually…

 

  • Daniel’s Character

Daniel 6:3 3  Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.

 

  • Daniel’s Opposition

Daniel 6:4-9 4  At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5  Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” 6  So the administrators and the satraps went as a group to the king and said: “O King Darius, live forever! 7  The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8  Now, O king, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered–in accordance with the laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9  So King Darius put the decree in writing.

 

 

  • Daniel’s Resolve

Daniel 6:10-11 10  Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11  Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.

 

  • Daniel’s Lions Den

Daniel 6:16-24 16  So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” 17  A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18  Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. 19  At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20  When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?21  Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! 22  My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.” 23  The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24  At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

 

  • God’s Glory

Daniel 6:26-27 26  “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27  He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” 28 So Daniel prospered

 

Experiences!

Lions not hungry!

Heavenly angels attending!

Courageous Faith in the Lord God!